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Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has made of the likely fall in United Kingdom consumption of liquid milk when the subsidy is removed; and what he expects will be done with the surplus milk.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 21st May.—[Vol. 892, c. 435–6.]

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what quantity of cream he expects to be obtained from existing supplies of liquid milk when the derogation from EEC marketing rules for milk terminates on 31st December next; and what effect this termination will have on the United Kingdom's domestic rules concerning standards of liquid milk;(2) what plans he has for permitting the sale of lower standards of milk from 1st January 1976 if Great Britain remains within the EEC; and what consultations he has had with the Milk Marketing Board on this subject.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the replies I gave to him on 18th February and 5th March.—[Vol. 886, c. 346; Vol. 887, c. 411.] The Commission is currently carrying out a study of standards for liquid milk which will provide the basis for discussions on future policy. Consultations have taken

is then deducted from the current wheat threshold price, which is itself fixed on a standard quality, Rotterdam basis, to give the Community import levy. In order to preserve commercial confidentiality, details of the actual offers concerned are not made public, but I am listing below the corrected cif prices which formed the basis of the levy fixed each day during the last week.

place with the United Kingdom interests concerned, including the Milk Marketing Board.